How Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Are Rushing To Cash In On Cannabis.

Sasha Robinson and Mark Williams in Robinson’s San Francisco home, which doubles as Firefly’s prototyping lab and office.

CALIFORNIA:  LIKE MANY PEOPLE in San Francisco, Sasha Robinson is working on a startup out of his home. His living room is a riot of wires, battery packs, pliers, and metal casings. If I didn’t know better, I’d think he was a bomb maker. But these are just the raw materials for a new gadget he’s Read the full article…

More Than 450 Medical Pot Shops File To Renew Taxes In Los Angeles

The Oregon Legislature is mulling a plan to let medical-marijuana dispensaries temporarily sell pot to all adults July 1.

CALIFORNIA:  More than 450 medical marijuana dispensaries have filed renewals to pay Los Angeles business taxes this year – more than three times as many as are allowed to stay open under Proposition D. The new numbers won’t settle the debate over exactly how many medical marijuana dispensaries are now operating in Los Angeles. Additional pot shops may be Read the full article…

Major shift: CA Democrats’ Proposed Platform Plank Calls For Full Legalization Of Pot

The proposed platform change comes as 3,000 California Democrats met this weekend at a 3-day convention in Los Angeles, where they heard an appeal Saturday by California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom on the issue.

CALIFORNIA:  With proponents arguing that it could put billions into state coffers and provide crucial jobs, California Democrats on Sunday will move to insert a plank in their party platform calling to “support the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol,” the Chronicle has learned. The proposed platform Read the full article…

Major shift: CA Democrats’ Proposed Platform Plank Calls For Full Legalization Of Pot

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would back a Marijuana legalization measure “if it is the right initiative.”

CALIFORNIA:  With proponents arguing that it could put billions into state coffers and provide crucial jobs, California Democrats on Sunday will move to insert a plank in their party platform calling to “support the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol,” the Chronicle has learned. The proposed platform Read the full article…

San Diego City Council Passes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Regulations

Issues raised in the judiciary committee hearing Thursday ranged from government regulation and Congressional involvement to the punitive effects the ban has on businesses and residents who don’t own their homes.

CALIFORNIA:  The San Diego City Council on Tuesday passed regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego that will limit the establishments to no more than four per council district. The 8-1 vote, with Councilman Mark Kersey dissenting, sets zoning and operating restrictions for collectives. The panel has addressed the issue numerous times since California‘s Read the full article…

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer Takes On Marijuana With Compassion

Feuer told us he's been cracking down at a steady pace, with nearly 80 shops now targeted for civil or criminal action.

CALIFORNIA:  Former City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who once held the opinion that no dispensary in Los Angeles was truly legal, was reviled by the local medical marijuana community. His predecessor, Democrat Mike Feuer, took Trutanich’s job, in at least some small part, because voters were fed up with the onetime Republican’s anti-dispensary crusades. So what have Read the full article…

New Pot Banking Guidelines Moot In California?

“The MMRSA (Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act) makes clear that local public entities retain their current right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and related medical marijuana activities within their respective jurisdictions,”

CALIFORNIA: Thanks to some recent direction from the Obama administration, banks are now allowed to do business with folks who make their living in the legal marijuana trade. But, maybe not in California. In response to a growing uneasiness with the cannabis cash conundrum, spurred at least in part by the introduction of legal recreational marijuana Read the full article…

California May Become Third State To Legalize Weed. Surprise!

Multiple stings by have authorities have found zero marijuana sales to minors by pot shops in Colorado.

CALIFORNIA: It was perhaps inevitable. The first state to offer medical marijuana — nearly a generation ago — may soon become the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, too. California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she supports two of the three pending bills in the state legislature, saying they would be good for Read the full article…

Attorney General: Marijuana Legalization Would Save Calif. "Hundreds of Millions"

If California legalized marijuana, the state would save "hundreds of millions of dollars," according to the Attorney General's office.

CALIFORNIA: Forget social justice, equality, and doing the right thing — when it comes to getting it done, politics and policy are all about that money. Backers of marijuana legalization have long argued that ending the war on a plant and lifting prohibition on cannabis means big money for California. And Attorney General Kamala Harris agrees Read the full article…

Susan Sarandon Admits Getting 'Stoned Before Most Awards Ceremonies'

Susan at the artist for peace and Justice Holiday Benefit

CALIFORNIA: Susan Sarandon has always had an unorthodox approach to her Hollywood life, but her admission of frequently enjoying a pre-awards joint still came as quite a shock. The Thelma and Louise star spoke candidly on her use of marijuana on Watch What Happens Live Wednesday, admitting that she prepares herself for the usually dreary bout Read the full article…